Your Miami Hurricanes rolled in to Death Valley and got trounced by Clemson on Saturday 40-10. This is what happens when you punch up in weight class. Let’s get into it:
Kamren Kinchen – KAMREN F****** KINCHEN. Dude was a man possessed all game long. Seemed to be the only Miami defender that showed up in the first half of the game. Played like the best safety in the nation….again. 13 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PBU and a vicious forced fumble.
The (second half) Defense – though the final score doesn’t look like it, the defense came out firing in the second half. They forced three second half turnovers and kept the game within striking distance, if it weren’t for an anemic offensive performance (we’ll get into that later). Held Clemson to 5.3 yard per play and 4.3 yards per rush. The Linebacker play in the second was wholly better (coincided with a certain player not playing). Wesley Bissainthe and Caleb Johnson combining for 17 tackles. Wesley is going to be a good one.
Offense – 98 yards of total offense. NINETY. EIGHT. Inexcusable. Indefensible. Anemic. Get this also…EIGHT first half yards. This game was mired in a lot of what we’ve seen all season long. Bad play calls, questionable personnel decisions, and lots of missed opportunities. Not all of it falls on Gattis this week, though. Jacurri Brown looked like a deer in headlights. And, really, what else could we expect from him being a true freshman getting a start in Death Valley. Missed a lot of throws and open reads, including his first pass of the game which was a walk-in touchdown to Xavier Restrepo.
Offensive Line – Whipped. All game. Running game nonexistent. Allowed five sacks. Seven TFLs. Clemson’s defensive line flexed its muscles in the trenches all night long.
I am not going to harp on too much negative because, honestly, did we expect anything less? Let’s face it, the entire article could’ve been about the offense. Clemson is the baseline. They are the blueprint of what Coach Mario Cristobal wants, especially in the trenches. Clemson has elite talent all over the field and out-classed Miami. Miami has a long way to go to be anywhere near what Clemson has been.